Many patients undergoing Botox treatments typically head back to the cosmetic surgeon’s office every six to eight months for a touch up. However, a recent study by researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University shows that Botox Cosmetic can provide many wrinkle-smoothing cosmetic benefits after two years.
According to Roger A. Dailey, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor and Lester Jones Endowed Chair of oculofacial plastic surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine, “After two years of treatment at recommended intervals, patients can potentially cut the frequency, and thus the cost, of their Botox treatments by half.” Dr. Dailey presented the results of this study at a meeting of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in Washington, D.C. this past April. The research was sponsored by a grant from Allergen, Inc., the maker of Botox Cosmetic.
Researchers found that patients who began receiving injections between their 30s and 50s were able to prevent wrinkles from forming and also eliminated existing wrinkles – especially in the glabellar region. They found that those who received Botox Cosmetic injections every three months, and those that received less frequent treatments, had similar results.
Dr. Dailey reports, “we found that after the patient receives Botox Cosmetic injections every four months for two years, the frequency of the injections can be changed to every six months and still achieve good results…this demonstrates patients have the ability to achieve good results with broader treatment schedules and ultimately at a lower overall treatment cost.” (Source: MedicalNewsToday.com)
Botox continues to be among the most sought-after minimally invasive procedures in the United States. The treatment helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is currently available at hundreds of medical spas and aesthetic surgery centers around the country.